Takao Kinomiya (Tyson Granger in the English dub) is the main protagonist of the Beyblade original series. Even though he uses his Bit-Beast named Dragoon. He can make upgrades to his blade by letting Manabu Saien upgrade the blade. He is a member of the Bladebreakers and his friends are Manabu, Max Mizuhara, Kai Hiwatari, and Rei Kon. His Bit Beast is Dragoon. Although he is the best Blader, he is not the leader of the Bladebreakers.
He was voiced by Motoko Kumai who is famous voicing as Syaoran Li from Cardcaptor Sakura series in the Japanese version and Marlowe Gardiner-Heslin in the English version.
Personality and Relationships
Takao is a strong-willed Blader who is not afraid to speak his mind and in doing so, he seems to get into more trouble than most kids his age but he handles those troubles very easily.
Takao is famous for his sense of humor which declines with each passing season until he becomes a young man Beyblading seriously.
Takao is a really popular person in the series. He had a lot of fans, even when he was an amateur. When he first won the regional tournament, many people picked up Beyblading just to be like him and defeat him. He has a lot of fans in his school as shown in Beyblade V-Force, much to Hiromi Tachibana's dismay. Although he is popular, he does not seem to have many close friends outside of his Beyblading ones. His closest friend throughout the series has been Kenny whom he goes to school with. But later, through the series he has developed very unique relationship with Kai, who became his closest friend. Outside of Beyblade, Takao does not make friends easily because of his aggressive nature, but he usually leaves a profound effect on the ones he does, completely changing their attitudes and way of life.
In Beyblade, Takao has black hair, dark brown eyes, and peach skin. He wore a backwards red, blue and white hat, an open red jacket (with white collars), yellow buttons, a yellow shirt under it, brown gloves covering the whole hand except the fingers, blue shorts, long white socks and shoes that were red, white and yellow.
In V-Force however, all the characters obtained a major redesign, including Tyson. Tyson's eyes turned to light brown, but he kept the black hair, got lighter skin, but still kept the backwards hat (except the white part turned red), kept the open jacket, however the yellow buttons were removed but the collar was kept. He kept the yellow shirt but with longer sleeves, the gloves turned blue, his shorts were replaced with grey jeans and his shoes were red, grey and blue colored.
In G-Revolution, he received a minor redesign. His gloves turned a darker blue. His red jacket received short sleeves with white highlights; covering his yellow t-shirt long sleeves which were removed. He obtained a blue and yellow Beyblade container on his left arm and received new red and white shoes. He also replaced his grey jeans with dark blue ones.
- Hiro Kinomiya: Takao's older brother, a wise Beyblader with much knowledge to offer in Beyblade: G-Revolution. He also has a alter-ego; Jin of the Gale. Hiro first taught Takao how to play Beyblade. In the manga, Hiro initially joined the BEGA League as Brooklyn's coach, but later assisted in helping to re-establish the BBA after proving to Boris that his organization was a way for Takao and his friends to improve their skills. His Bit-Beast is called Metal Driger.
- Mr. Kinomiya: Takao's father, an archaeologist who is dedicated to finding out how Bit-Beasts work, where they came from and why they are in Beyblades themselves, and travels all over the world to find his answers.
- Mrs. Kinomiya: Takao's mother, he himself knows very little about her as she died when Takao was only four months old due to an unknown disease.
- Ryu "Grandpa" Kinomiya: Takao's grandfather, a samurai dojo trainer, who raised Takao in his early years.
- Makoto Kinomiya: Takao's son in the manga. He appears in the chapter and is seen battling Kai's son Gou and Rei's daughter Rin.
While Takao is determined and strong of spirit in battle, he can sometimes be rash and take too many risks. Takao is not very good at Beyblade customization and sometimes lacks common sense. Takao's beyblades uses special attacks that take on the form of a dragon and they are generally one of the fiercest, more powerful beyblades around. They use the wind element. Dragoon Beyblades are known to get better with each model possibly describing how Takao develops as he grows up and learns from his mistakes. Takao's Bit Beast is Dragoon.
Takao and his Bit-Beast Dragoon share a bond that is legendary throughout the series. His Bit-Beast often gains more power due to his vigor and endless supply of confidence, coupled with his ability to push himself to unimaginable levels.
TAkao seems to get his strange skills from his Dragoon Beyblade, such as being able to outrun dogs and cars. In the final episode of G-Revolution, the shared power between himself and Dragoon, giving him the ability to fly for the duration of his battle with Brooklyn. This could also have been an effect of Brooklyn's alternate dimension.
Even though the Beyblades of the F-Dynasty and the HMS beyblades can spin left, Takao's series of Beyblades are the only ones which exclusively use the left-spin gear.
- Dragoon Grip Attacker - Vanishing Attack
- Dragoon Storm - Storm Attack
- Dragoon Fighter - Phantom Hurricane
- Dragoon Fighter U.V.
- Dragoon Victory - Victory Tornado
- Dragoon Victory 2 - Hyper Victory Tornado
- Dragoon Victory 2 U.V. -Victory Tornado, Hyper Victory Tornado.
- Dragoon Galaxy - Galaxy Storm, Twin Tornado Attack (Only with Daichi).
- Dragoon Galaxy Turbo - Galaxy Turbo Twister, Dragoon Tank (Only with Daichi)
Hard Metal System
- Dragoon Metal Storm - Evolution Storm.
- Dragoon Metal Storm U.V - Galaxy Storm, Galaxy Turbo Twister, Evolution Storm.
Burst System (Beyblade Rising Manga)
- Dragoon Storm Wing Xtreme - Storm Attack
- Dragoon Phantom.Gravity Variable - Phantom Hurricane
- Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic the Hedgehog)
- Ash Ketchum (Pokemon)
- Naruto (Naruto)
- Goku (Dragon Ball Z)
- Yugi Muto (Yu-Gi-Oh)
- Yami Yugi (Yu-Gi-Oh)